HOME TOUR WITH AN ITALIAN MAKE OVER

Today I want to share with you a lovely home that has been made over since Christmas
The Breakfast Area
Wouldn’t you just love to set down to this lovely scene in the Morning!
 This lovely is of birds and flowers! 
Yes Spring is on the way!

I want you to meet my lovely cousin Janice, we grew up together and are near the same age
Janice is allowing me to show your her home today. 
Janice loves an Italian Decor!

Janice’s Breakfast Area 
A wonderful Italian/ Tuscany look! 
The lamp and angel balance the buffet table
With wonderful pottery dishes displayed 
below the grape print above

Janice has been busy this week doing a make over from Christmas 
 A grouping of bird plates surrounding a  lovely hand painted scrolled gold mirror 
Candlebras, candles, a wonderful bird compote, with an urn on the end to balance 
This Wonderful  Mantel Make Over!

I just love the soft touch with the scarf draped on the chair by the fireplace
I just love this chair
 With a plant to add a touch of green into the room
Janice adds a special touch in every area
This candelabra  is so pretty  glass tear drop  hanging from it
Family photo are a must in this living area
The side table looks wonderful with the wood tones of the chair and floor. 
Notice the beautiful drapes behind
Now I love to have the blue bowl in my collection 
This view shows the differnet types of fabrics used on the chair and ottoman.
I love how she has used different textures of the ottoman  and chair 
Don’t you just love the whimsical touch the pillow makes! 
I think if I ever get to visit she might be missing the ottoman for it would be in my truck!
I love how she has brought out the colors of the rug to her chair and walls.
This wonderful table not only hold family photos
but holds the well sought after dogs we all are on the hunt for!
Oh, Janice you better keep an eye on the dogs too!
I adore the color of the table !
The pillows of the sofa had to just made the table come home with Janice!
 Now we get to see a view of the Breakfast Area
With the sofa colors of the rug and the wonderful table behind!

A lovely view of Janice’s Living Room
Don’t you love the armoire and the panting beside it! 

Janice’s Upstairs Guest Bedroom
Another wonderful chandy notice the color of bird plate and print
The silhouette of her children! I am so in love with sihouettes!
The zebra print scarf on the lovely table just ties the room together!
A wonderful window seat all ready for you to sit and relax

A side chair with a throw ready for you when you lay on the window seat

The head board is wonderful
The glow of the lamp color is lovely
 The bed makes me want to just lay right down!
I love the colors she has brought from the wall with the pillows.
The lamp color  looks wonderful with the bed clothes as our Grandma use to say! 
And here you can see the colors of the bird plate, and print coming in.

Thank You Janice for allowing me to show your lovely home in Oklahoma.  
Now did I forget to say the lovely zebra scarf would be right at home here in Mississippi with me!

I enjoyed touring your home and I hope everyone loves seeing your home as much as I did! 
It was so much fun for me as I never been to your home, to see it here on my website!


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As Always Save A Cup Of Tea For Me 
Lady Katherine

A TEA SAMPLING OF CAMELOT TEA

I am a Lady of Simplicity!

Results of Vintage Tea Camelot Tea Sampling is in!

My hubby’s first hot tea, yes the Camelot Tea is really good, we both agreed, the Camelot Tea has a taste of raspberries. Hubby loved his tea with no sugar.
 I took my tea with sugar and loved Vintage’s Tea Camelot Tea.
 My hubby and I both tried Vintage Tea’s Camelot Tea with milk,
 we both preferred the Camelot Tea without milk.

My freshly baked Persimmon Cake, baked in small bunt cake pan.

Please come have tea with me!

I said to hubby! Yes, he did have tea, with me!


Just no pictures allowed! He only agreed, for he loves my persimmon cake!


My hubby had four of the little cups of Camelot Tea!

This has been my best Tea Party

Yet! For this Tea Party was just Hubby and me!

Persimmon cake with icing, placed on a bowl with pine straw rim, upon a piece of pottery.


A couple of gourds I grew this past year and red berries around the pottery.

My sister, Gloria gave me this little set of tea cups and saucers on my 50th Birthday.

I set up the Tea  in our bedroom.
The parrot table cloth was from a pen pal in Australia. The tea pot was bought at a garage sale 15 years ago, with four little round tea cups. One round tea cup got broke. So today I used one round teacup to hold the sugar. This is the first time all of my brown tea cups, saucers and brown tea pot have been used! I tied raffia on the napkins, that hold the flatware.

I use native persimmons, I picked from our Trees, to make the little cakes.  Using an old vintage fruit masher to squeeze out the fruit. You could use the Asian persimmons or the can persimmons. 

Should you want the recipe for my  persimmon cakes
 let me know by clicking on the word comment below.
  I will do an update with the recipe.

Thank you so for stopping by and seeing my Tea Tasting!
As Always Save A Cup Of Tea For Me!
Lady Katherine

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A Day Around The Farm

A New Beginning! A new life on the farm! What a surprise this little lamb was, for he was born so early in January to his Dam (Mother) Trixie a Ewe that is a Gulf Coast Registered Sheep! 
He was born on January seventh. 
In temperature that were down to 10 degrees at night, 
and 20 degrees in the day.
He stayed warm in the barn, in a bed of hay.
He will take his little paw and make a place to lay down in the hay by his Mother’s side.
Our Gulf Coast Registered Sheep are all white.
 Now Trixie played a big trick on us for we have never had a colored lamb before! 

The day the little boy (ram) was born, I dried him off. Then held my breath he would make it through the cold weather this last week.
 Trixie is watching over her lamb.
Trixie is my oldest Ewe, she is nine years old.
She getting a little old to be having lambs. 

Sadie will soon give birth, and the little ram will have a playmate. 
It is so fun to see lambs jump and play. I can’t wait!

My Hungarian Komandor guard dog, I love so dearly. 
She loves the new little lamb! 

Our flock of chickens now miss this grass!


How I miss my French Chick! A few weeks after I had surgery, I was asking everyday if Terry had seen French Chick. I kept looking out the windows and French doors for her, worrying where she was for several weeks.  When I got home I saw my French Chick and was so happy nothing had happen to her.  For a fox, I think got five of my other chickens. Finally Terry told me he accidental ran over her! The chickens would follow him as he drove the truck out to the barn to feed  and she some how got under the truck. He didn’t want to tell me for he new I would be so upset.
She was to be laying Chocolate  Color Eggs by now. I was very sad!

FRENCH CHICK
This last week every day Terry would break the ice in the pond for the sheep to drink.
Terry had fun throwing the ice across the frozen pond.  The ice was about 4 inches thick.
Yes, he thought about getting a board and sliding across, 
but once one foot went in the cold ice water he changed his mind. lol

I hope you enjoyed a day on the farm with my new little lamb. 


Sometimes living on a farm can be heart breaking.
 but all in all
Life is Good Here On Our Farm

 I sure loved coming back indoors to sit by the fire and drink a cup of hot tea!
While watching the animals out the French Doors.
As Always Save a Cup of Tea for Me!
Lady Katherine

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HOW TO MAKE PEPPERMINT BROWNIES

Would like to learn how to make these wonderful Peppermint Brownies?
Here is How!
I will take you step by step in making these easy
Peppermint Brownies!

Ingredients:
one box of Duncan Hines Chocolate Lovers Walnut Brownie Mix
Branches’ Star Brites hard peppermint candy
(This peppermint candy melts easier)
Betty Crocker Butter Cream Icing,
(one can will do three sets of brownies)

I used about a twelve by nine inches cookie sheet
add Parchment Paper on cookie sheet
Unwrap the peppermint candy

Line the candy in rows of six across and eight down the length of the cookie sheet. Spacing the peppermint candy evenly as you can in each row.
Preheat your oven I use 300 degrees,
but my stove is older and your may need to be a little hotter.

Place in a preheated Oven, and be careful not to tip or your rows will not melt evenly. You can move each peppermint back in place if you hurry for it will start being sticky just seconds after placing in the oven.

I baked my peppermint candy for six minutes. You need to stay at your oven and check on the peppermint as it melts. When you see it melting, and spreading. I take my melted peppermint out when I see a couple of bubbles only!
Not a pan full of bubbles! Watch it close!
For you do not want it to turn pink or tan or yellow.

You will want work QUICKLY AS YOU SCORE the melted peppermint.
Score the melted peppermint just after taking it from the oven on the parchment paper lined pan, it was baked on.
I keep a pizza stone warm and ready, for as I start to score the melted peppermint, it may try to melt back together. I then place it on the warm pizza stone and finish scoring, until I am sure it is not sticking together. Taking it on and off the stone as I need to.
I use a pizza cutter and keep a small knife close to score the edge on each side of the pan. ( Where the pizza cutter does not get close to) You may have to score several times. Should the melted peppermint start to stick back together keep scoring. Making the size blocks you want.

This is what you want your Melted Peppermint to look like.

See how I made the ends too large, now you can make you measured out temlate from parchment paper.
I just eye ball it and you will get better at it the more you make.
The Melted Peppermint will be very sticky.

This is the colors you do not want your Peppermint candy to look like as you bake it. Then too it is too thin for I used less candy. To have your topping of melted peppermint THICK ENOUGH use as many as I showed above.
The melted peppermint can look pink on top, but the bottom will be a light tan.
Something you do not want. None of the are good!

I scored my peppermint 3 to four times and sometimes it hard to keep the scoring in the same place. You will have little pieces left from the edges. Some will break so make at least two cookie sheets of candy for one box of brownie mix.
As you score you can feel the candy getting harder, this is when you want to go to the warm pizza stone if you do not have all the pieces cut loose Yet or need to do a little trimming up on the edges.
Do not let it slide off to the floor you will have a sticky mess. After I made my topping and/or brownies I cover both in aluminium foil should I want to finish up putting them together later.
Make sure they are cool!

As you can see here some of the pieces have broken.
Another tip I would like to mention is I have another cookie sheet with parchment paper (cool) to lay the scored peppermint tops on make sure you lay flat and work fast for they will bend or curl on you.

I save the pieces and use them in my tea, Yes, I sometimes add Peppermint Schnapps too, but just 1/2 teaspoon or less per cup of tea. I sit and drink this as my brownies and peppermint tops cool.

I make the Brownies using the cake brownie recipe on back of Duncan Hines box.
Using a eight by eight glass baking pan.
I just like baking brownies in a glass pan.
After the brownies are done,
I press down the top so it will be flat and not a peaked top.

I place the pan on a wire rack to cool. Within less than five minutes I turn the pan over onto the wire cooling rack. After the Brownies have cooled. I then place them back into the same pan (washed and dried).
I usually trim off the outer edge of the brownie with a knife.

Below is Duncan Hines Milk Chocolate Brownies Mix I added walnuts to.
For I forgot to take pictures of how to put the brownies together Christmas.
My larger pan has gotten broken, now the new brownie pan might not work with this unless the cutting divider will cut through the Melted Peppermint Candy.
Should you try it let me know, I might go buy one. lol
I used Betty Crocker Butter Cream Cupcake Icing
In a can. Homemade would be great. But then so would Brownies made from scratch. This is all about Semi-Homemade.
When placing the Melted Peppermint Topping and Brownies together,
Make sure both are totally cooled.

I added the icing around and around on top of the baked brownies,
which are in the clean dry pan they were baked in.
This helps keep the size of the peppermint topping in portion.
I start placing the blocks on top, you may have to rearrange them to fit.
All the toppings are on top of the brownie
I now cut the brownies to the size of the Melted Peppermint Topping.
Cutting around each side of the Peppermint Topping.

Place cut Brownies on your favorite dish and enjoy!
I hope you enjoyed seeing how I made my Peppermint Brownies.
As Always Save A Cup Of Tea for Me!
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